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Shirley Temple Black dies at her home in Woodside

Shirley Temple Black died Monday night at her home in Woodside. She was 85.


Ms. Black, considered the most popular movie child star of all time, lived in Woodside for 46 years.

She was surrounded by family members on Monday night, publicist Cheryl Kagan said.

"We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife for fifty-five year of the late and much missed Charles Alden Black," the family said in a statement.

The family would not disclose Ms. Black's cause of death.

She started her acting career at age 3 and starred in such hits as "Stand Up and Cheer" and "The Little Colonel." She ruled the box office in the 1930s.

After marrying in 1950 and leaving her Hollywood career behind, she lived in Atherton and Woodside for much of her life.

She met Charles Alden Black in 1950 when she was vacationing in Honolulu. A party was given in her honor and Mr. Black, a handsome young bachelor, was invited.

He surfed every night after work and told the hostess he wouldn't come to the party if the surf was up. "We would never have met if the surfing was good that day," Ms. Black said. The couple was married later that year at his parents' Monterey ranch.

Mr. Black, an internationally recognized marine expert, died Aug. 4, 2005. They were married for 55 years and had three children, a son Charles Jr. and daughters Lori and Susan.

After retiring from her film career at age 21, Shirley Temple Black became active in politics and held several diplomatic posts. She was ambassador to Czechoslovakia during the collapse of the communist regime there in 1989.

In 1967, Pete McCloskey beat Shirley Temple Black and nine other candidates to win a seat in Congress.

Comments

Posted by Betty62, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 11, 2014 at 11:10 am

One of my favorites growing up and my daughter's too. I watched everyone of Shirley's movies. Luckily being a child star didn't affect her and she grew up and married and lead a great life...still contributing to the country she loved.


Posted by tommygee54, a resident of Rex Manor
on Feb 11, 2014 at 7:51 pm

I will miss her very much as I knew she lived here locally. Her movies were and still are an inspiration to me. Always positive, even in the face of trouble.

Years ago someone told me that she lived in Hillsborough. But apparently not. She will RIP in Heaven will her curly tops...


Posted by Tony, a resident of Cuernavaca
on Feb 12, 2014 at 9:27 am

Timeless talent and smiles. I recall how fixated my 6 yr old was when she first saw her in an old movie, and how she instantly wanted to "do that".
Glad she was a child star before that generally meant being doomed to a sad adulthood. I life well done!


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